Your Rental Bathrooms Need Some Work: Should You Recast or Refinish?

By Sarah Boudreau from Refinished Bath Solutions

Last week we shared, “How not to die when refinishing.” If you need a stronger case for alternative resurfacing techniques, let’s make it now.

It all begins within the definition. Refinishing implies, to spray or paint a new finish to a surface or object. In other words, it is a cosmetic application. However, recasting gives an object a new enamel casting, therefore truly restoring and resurfacing an object.

For example, a cast iron tub has seen a better day. The enamel has chipped from years of hard use. Rust stains won’t come out, dirt and grime caught within a small network of spidering cracks. What are the options?

  1. Replace it? You could, but wow, is that expensive.
  2. Refinish it? Affordable, but would need to hire someone. Looks great when it is done, but why is it peeling already (1-5 years later). Oh, yeah, and it is an entirely toxic operation that will make you, the installer, and your renter sick if not ventilated during and after the procedure
  3. Recast it! Affordable. Hire someone or make it very cost-effective and do it yourself—products like Ekopel 2k last 10-20 years. A recast does not peel. It Improves the integrity of the tub. There are eco-friendly and safe products. No texture completely smooth looks brand new.

What is this magical solution? Ekopel 2k is one such application. It dries 1/8″ thick. Sand smooth and pour. Microfractures filled, chips filled, porcelain slick, and durable. You won’t even recognize the tub. Ekopel is a bathtub in a can!

Recast, don’t refinish!

Not yet convinced? Visit us at the AAOA 2020 Virtual Rental Housing Conference & Expo. We can’t wait to meet you!